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The Newest Member of the Power Restoration Team: Drones


"Stay home, if you can" was the message given to residents of the Southeast as a major winter storm pushed through the Southern and Eastern United States in mid-February.

CHP: An Emerging Market


Caterpillar introduces new diesel generators


Caterpillar Inc. has launched two new 50 Hz extensions of diesel generator sets that will offer fuel-efficient power nodes, addressing the growing demand for backup power.

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Texas regulators approve $309mn transmission project


The Public Utility Commission of Texas approved an application by Electric Transmission Texas LLC (ETT) and Sharyland Utilities L.P. to build a 345-kV transmission line north of Edinburg to a substation located east of Brownsville.

Cape Wind secures $400M more in financing for offshore project


Cape Wind said it has secured an additional $400 million dollars from several financial institutions for the offshore wind project slated to be built in Nantucket Sound.

Capstone to install CHP technology at LA health care facilities


Los Angeles-based Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Regatta Solutions will both receive microturbine technology from Capstone, improving overall energy efficiency.

Dragonfly Solar, SolarWorld to deliver solar power to utility co-ops


Commercial solar developer, Dragonfly Solar and SolarWorld, a solar manufacturer, will deliver solar arrays, totaling 517-kW to four electric utility cooperatives in the U.S. Midwest.

NRC begins special inspection at Duke Energy nuclear power plant


Special inspections began at Duke Energy’s (NYSE: DUK) Catawba nuclear power plant in North Carolina after abnormal findings in Unit 1 emergency diesel generators.

Federal agencies ready approval for Deepwater Wind project


The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) intend to issue an incidental harassment authorization for the Deepwater Wind Block Island LLC project.

Wisconsin Electric gets no bids to buy Presque Isle coal plant


Wisconsin Electric Power hasn't gotten any purchase bids at this point off a recent request for proposals (RFP) that it issued for the coal-fired Presque Isle power plant in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Gas, renewables account for new generation additions in February


Basin Electric Power Cooperative has commissioned its 45-MW Pioneer 2 peaking unit in North Dakota and it was the largest conventional peaking plant to come online during February as renewables accounted for the rest of the new generation.

Samsung, Pattern and Capital Power begin construction on $850M K2 wind power project


Construction at the K2 wind power project broke ground on Monday after securing $850 million in financing.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, Consolidated Edison Development enter joint venture for solar power projects


Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Consolidated Edison Development have entered a joint venture for five solar power projects in Nevada and California.

NRG, EME merger approved by FERC


NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE:NRG) and Edison Mission Energy (EME) have received approval from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the sale of EME’s assets to NRG.

Cornell University installs solar facility


Cornell University’s campus in Ithaca, N.Y. will soon have a 2-MW solar power facility.

Citizens group wants North Carolina review of Duke gas-fired project


A citizens group, NC WARN, on March 10 asked the North Carolina Utilities Commission to open up a review of a Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) plan for a gas-fired power plant in South Carolina, even though the group conceded that the North Carolina commission has no explicit power to do so.

First Solar sets PV efficiency records


Tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), shows that First Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) set a world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) module conversion efficiency, achieving a record 17.0 percent area module efficiency.

AMSC closing Wisc. facility, establishing wind manufacturing center


AMSC (Nasdaq: AMSC) said it was consolidating its U.S. grid manufacturing and product development program, and diversifying its international wind energy manufacturing operations.

Planned coal-fired retirements increased by 5.4-GW


The number of planned coal-fired retirements has increased due to environmental regulations, weak electricity demand growth and competition from natural gas, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

First Solar, GE to develop next-generation PV technology


First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) and General Electric’s Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE) are have entered a joint venture to develop a cost-effective utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant design that combines First Solar’s thin-film CdTe modules with GE’s new ProSolar 1,500-V inverter/transformer system.

Capstone to supply microturbines for oil, gas customers


Capstone Turbine Corp. has landed multiple contracts with E-Finity Distributed Generation to supply microturbines, totaling about 4-MW, for oil and gas operations in the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions.

Kentucky bill over EPA regulations on coal-fired power plants heads to Senate


Kentucky House Bill 388, which proposes that state legislature be included in planning regulations over carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants, is now in the Senate’s hands.

Maryland House votes to add restrictions to wind turbines, stalls power project


The House of Delegates voted Monday to add height restrictions on wind turbines at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Somerset County, Md., the home of the proposed Great Bay wind power project.

Lockheed Martin awarded contract for tidal turbines


Lockheed Martin has signed a contract with global tidal energy company Atlantis Resources Ltd. (ARL:LN) to optimize the design of Atlantis' new 1.5-MW tidal turbine, the AR1500.

New Mexico businesses install solar arrays, adds renewable energy to regional power grid


Affordable Solar has completed commercial solar array systems for three business properties in Albuquerque, N.M.

California county approves new solar power project


California's Sutter County Board of Supervisors approved a new solar power project from Chevron Energy Solutions that is expected to save the county approximately $30 million in energy over its lifespan.

Cape Wind wins multiple legal victories


United States District Judge Reggie B. Walton issued rulings on Friday in four lawsuits that challenged Cape Wind’s permitting approval by the U.S. Department of Interior.

The Evolving Coal Plant


Coal-fired power plants can and should play a starring role in the integration of renewable power.

House launches EPA investigation on coal-fired power plant regulations


The House Energy and Commerce Committee are launching an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) coal power plants regulations.

SCE, SDG&E plan to replace SONGS nuclear plant output approved


The California Public Utilities Commission approved a plan for two utilities to fill the gap left when the 2,000-MW San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station shut down more than two years ago.

MTU Onsite Energy to provide $442M CHP system to Baltimore casino


The new Horseshoe Casino Baltimore will include a $442 million combined heat, power and cooling (CHP) trigeneration system, provided by MTU Onsite Energy.

Second phase of Texas solar energy project completed


OCI Solar Power completed construction of the 4.4-MW Alamo 2 solar power project in Texas.

PG&E signs PPA for 50-MW solar PV project


Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E, NYSE: PCG) signed a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy 50-MW of solar photovoltaic energy from a project in California.

Alstom awarded first wind power contract in South Korea


Alstom has signed its first wind turbine contact in South Korea, to supply 10 units of its ECO 110 onshore wind turbines.

Xcel renewable energy fund awards $42mn for solar, wind, biomass projects


Minnesota regulators approved 29 renewable energy projects to receive $42 million in grants from Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL)’s Renewable Development Fund.

NV Energy explores land for solar power projects


NV Energy is working with renewable energy developers to identify new sites for solar power projects.

Maryland cogeneration power plant sells assets


Stuart B. Millner & Associates (SBMA), an asset management company, signed a contract with Owings Mills Equipment Leasing to liquidate assets from a Maryland cogeneration plant.

Illinois county rejects wind farm legislation


Ford County, Ill.’s Board, in a unanimous vote, opposed a wind farm legislation that would give control of siting, construction and decommissioning to the state’s agriculture department.

E.ON tries to sway opinions on Indiana wind farm


Officials in Grant County, Ind. have voiced concerns about the $175 million Wildcat wind farm project.

Microturbines to be installed at two California hospitals


Forest Oil Corp. (NYSE:FST), a clean technology manufacturer for microturbine energy systems, has received orders to install its mircoturbines at two hospitals located in California.

California ISO breaks solar record


Solar power production in California broke a new record on March 8 when the state’s ISO recorded a peak of 4,093-MW.

Three California companies awarded $2.2mn to help lower solar costs


The U.S. Energy Department announced $2.2 million for three California companies that aim to lower the costs of solar electricity and increase deployment.

Under Stress


Power Producers Reevaluate O&M Procedures as Capacity Factors for Gas-Fired Plants Skyrocket

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